UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Peaceful Cul De Sac Location With Open Country Views And Close To All Local Amenities

Spindrift is a two bedroom 'cottage' which we completely overhauled in 2008. Decorated with a seaside feel and with all mod cons, this is an ideal getaway cottage for a long weekend or family holiday. Open plan living and well equipped with a 4 ST...

An ideal family base...

Just over a mile from the River Erme’s beautiful wooded estuary and, at low tide, miles of good sandy beach at Wonwell and across the estuary at Meadowsfoot Beach and Mothecombe, Apple Barn is tucked in the centre of Kingston village, a l...

Fashionable little bolt hole...

Tucked away in one of Looe’s historic little streets and seconds from East Looe Quay you will find Buller House, a small cluster of apartments. Number one is a fashionable little bolt hole that oozes style. The sandy beach is no more than...

Superb waterside mews style cottage...

One of a cluster of cottages converted from a former malthouse with a fabulous waterside setting, Anchor Cottage is a smartly presented mews style cottage designed to make the most of the stunning views. Situated towards the end of the Yealm Es...

Spacious property with private rear patio...

If you like the hustle and bustle of Looe, but prefer to be away from it at times, then Amber will prove ideal. Set on a quiet estate at the top of the hill with some lovely countryside views, this bungalow provides spacious accommodation, yet ...

Delightful cosy cottage...

Buckland Court is located in delightful South Hams countryside 1.5 miles from the historic village of Slapton, with its world famous nature reserve, 3 mile beach and excellent real ale pubs. Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are within 15 minutes drive...

Stunning views with access to outdoor pool...

This welcoming ground floor apartment is set in a fantastic location, right next to the lovely Thurlestone Sands beach in an exclusive development which has a shared outdoor swimming pool and spectacular sea views. Not only in a fantastic locat...

15 minutes’ walk from the Eden Project...

Along a quiet leafy lane in the village of Prideaux, merely 15 minutes’ walk from the famous Eden Project, is Number 3 Prideaux Cottages, a spacious, wellequipped family home with large beautiful gardens and surrounded by pretty Cornish c...

Pretty thatched 17th century cottage

This pretty thatched 17th century cottage is tucked away down a quiet lane near the centre of the delightful village of Slapton, close to the 3 mile beach and Nature reserve. Extensively refurbished yet retaining its period features, guests w...

In a simply glorious spot

Stunning is the only word to describe the location of 2 Ivy Cove. Lannacombe Bay is one of the most beautiful unspoilt stretches of coastline anywhere in England, where dramatic cliffs fall away to sandy coves and the coastal path clambers its ...

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